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BeFeathered Photography

The Many Stages of Photography : First there is the photography of the feathers themselves. This is how they look when they have been found. Lewis is changing the way people think about birds and suggesting new ideas to art and fashion. His methodology is Feather Rishi (ree' shee).

 Usually in the spring the bird will shed most of its plumage. I'm standing on the sideline to pick up the feathers and conserve them for photography. The process is pretty involved. First, I freeze them for a couple weeks to kill any parasites and insect eggs. Then I take a photo in the studio with lights and a macro lens on a high resolution digital camera. Those fine images are approximately 50 Mb in size. Imported into Photoshop, I transform them and make them new again where I organize them into files like this:

So you see, #BeFeathered is a recycling project unlike any other. That's why it's playfully called, The Molted Feather Project. Please help us grow. Share, comment, like, give. It's all welcome and gratefully received. Check out our rewards. More rewards are joining that list all the time. Let us know what you want to see there, if it's not there already. As a surface artist, my goal is to cover the world with feathers for you. Thank you for your interest. And if you're already a backer, thank you again. Please share and help us push this over the top. Lew

Lewis Mark Grimes 2008
Lewis Mark Grimes 2008

My recent video for the eSeed Challenge, a grant application.

Every feather you see used by Lewis's designs was freely molted thus he is protecting birds from harm.

Many of the products you see on this page link to the online store where you can order them.

Old school use of feathers calls for the killing and plucking of birds for fashion and art. Boo. Hiss. Those days are over. With the invention of the Feather Rishi (ree' shee) process, I take naturally molted feathers and process them with macro photography +  Photoshop into a new vision of feather design. This activity protects avian life while giving artists and designers full access to plumage.

With a fresh influx of money from you, I can create inventory and prototypes from the hundreds of apparel designs and scarves I've created.

MARKETING PLAN? You bet. Just ask to see it.

BUSINESS PLAN? Of course, ask to see the pitch or the plan, or both.

Also I will expand my research and development into the creation of a feather library with 3D printing technology. The library will eventually become available to designers and artists everywhere. My 3D feathers are expected to eventually make wearing feathers affordable, ecological and a lot more fun because you get to have a clear conscience.

snowflake cards
snowflake cards


 

All molted feathers!
All molted feathers!
Angie wears the Macaw Blizzard pure silk scarf
Angie wears the Macaw Blizzard pure silk scarf
Feather purses
Feather purses
                                
There are many feather pillows and blankets
There are many feather pillows and blankets
               
Order calendars here
Order calendars here
A hundred feather textiles, fabrics and wall papers
A hundred feather textiles, fabrics and wall papers
                                 

I have a list of qualified agents and showrooms at the LA Apparel market that I personally compiled by visiting LA earlier this year. I haven't contacted them yet because they will insist on quickly receiving samples of inventory to promote and ship to department stores, boutiques and other outlets. Already I have printers who are standing by for my sample and inventory orders. Your contributions to this fundraiser will enable that process to get under way. 

  • A note from Lewis:

"My team and I are ready. In the process of commercializing my designs, I will spread the message that birds are to be protected. Please help.

"Contact me with any questions. I currently own 100% of Feather Rishi, BeFeathered, and all of the other links that I use to introduce my work. Please visit us everywhere, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn. My growing network welcomes you and your support.

"About me,  I was recently awarded a $1000 eSeed Challenge Grant that I used for silk kimono samples of my designs. One is seen in the video posted above.  I am actively pursuing other grants, scholarships, investments and loans to fund my education and entrepreneurial activities. I'm in good health and excited about the future. You may contact me directly at any time: lewismarkgrimes@gmail.com."

Here's a small gallery of images and some more links. Also, you can search Lewis Mark Grimes and/or Feather Rishi in Google Images to see more of my work. Thank you for your appreciation of the molted feather project to save feathers to save birds.

My photography professor Ian Cummings qualified me for a certificate!
My photography professor Ian Cummings qualified me for a certificate!
The genesis of Feather Rishi was our "Feather Painting" project
The genesis of Feather Rishi was our "Feather Painting" project
Feather Rishi brainstorm shows this genre is suitable for every surface
Feather Rishi brainstorm shows this genre is suitable for every surface

Risks and challenges

Inventory and prototypes. I will use most of the proceeds raised in this Kickstarter to fund samples for my new agent and for inventory to start selling scarves, dresses and other manufactured goods. I want to stress that my largest obstacle is brand recognition. The media are crowded with established branding and I'm seeking to popularize something new and disruptive. Since I already have thousands of images produced and I'm moving forward with print on demand stores on Zazzle.com, Spoonflower.com and other venues, this idea has a momentum that is inevitable. But the influx of Kickstarter capital will enable manufacturing of inventory. Our manufactured goods will be much more accessible pricing than print on demand venues can provide. Getting into the market with goods I produce is a huge risk, but everyone seems to love this work. It looks promising. Remember your money is important but not more important than your comments and sharing. Even if you can only give a little, if you share the event to your lists of contacts, you can make this happen. You will be helping birds in an extraordinary way and It's all feather art! Thank you. Save feathers=save birds! Hooray.

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    Genuine Molted feather from BeFeathered

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    Exquisite silk kimono, think "Happy Coat". There are six different styles. Ask for details of the designs. One size fits all! These are beautifully printed with unique Feather Rishi patterns and finished with wide silk satin border. You won't find this anywhere else and it's suitable to wear over an outfit for the evening or light enough to wear in any climate. There will only be three available of each style although these will hopefully become manufactured for ready to wear in high end department stores and boutiques.

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